Robin Williams Remembered on the Billboard Charts
Comedy recordings & 'Aladdin' songs re-enter the charts.
Fans of the late Robin Williams propel the actor/comedian back onto Billboard's charts, as a number of the entertainer's recordings impact our tallies following his death.
Williams -- who died on Aug. 11 -- re-enters at No. 63 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his final release, the live stand-up set Weapons of Self Destruction (5,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 17; up 8,279 percent, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Williams also debuts at No. 69 with another live album, A Night at the Met (4,000 sold; up from negligible sales the week previous).
The latter album won Williams the 1987 Grammy Award for best comedy recording, while the former was nominated in the category in 2011. In total, Williams won five Grammys.
Weapons of Self Destruction and A Night at the Met also appear at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively, on Top Catalog Albums. It's the first time since Jan. 27, 2007, that a comedy album has led the Catalog list.
Over on the Kid Digital Songs chart, two of Williams' performances from the Disney movie Aladdin re-enter. As the character of Genie, Williams' songs "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" re-enter at Nos. 2 and 4, selling 6,000 and 3,000, respectively. "Friend" gained by 1,169 percent, and "Prince" powered back onto the list with a 579 percent rise.
The soundtrack to Aladdin also experiences a large sales increase, climbing 666 percent to 1,000 copies, and re-enters the Soundtrack Albums chart at No. 23.